Greek police arrest mothers for alleged baby selling ring

Baby smuggling Athens

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According to reports, Greek police have arrested nine people on suspicion of running a criminal ring, selling newborn babies to infertile couples.

A police statement issued on Monday said the arrests followed an undercover operation by a couple of officers who posed as a couple wanting to buy a baby. Police raided an apartment in the greater Athens area on Friday where the undercover officers had been led.

The statement alleged those ring members arranged to sell the officers a 4-day-old infant for 18,000 euros. The baby's mother was one of four Bulgarian women arrested.

Police said this had been occurring for the last year, with another woman heavily pregnant and others recently giving birth.